13 livestock markets, points of sale installed in Lahore – Pakistan
LAHORE: For the sale of sacrificial animals, the Punjab district administration has set up 13 livestock markets and outlets in nine areas of the provincial capital which were operational from Saturday as it banned the trade in these animals outside these markets.
A permanent livestock market has been set up at Shahpur Kanjran while 12 temporary markets have been established at Pine Avenue Road, Shanu Baba (near Raiwind Road), Sundar Road (opposite Nisar Haveli), NFC Society (near Bahria Town), Raiwind Road (near Manga Mandi), Sagian Road, Lakho Dahar (near Lahore Ring Road), LDA City (near Kahna Kacha Road), Gajumata (near Lahore Ring Road Office), N Block of DHA Phase 9 and Sabzi Mandi (near Nishtar Colony). The administration will take strict measures against illegal livestock markets.
Lahore Commissioner Muhammad Usman held a meeting to review the provisions on livestock markets. The meeting was informed that an official from each relevant department was delegated to these livestock markets to ensure the availability of the necessary facilities for both buyers and sellers. In addition, in view of the recent outbreak of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) in large animals and Crimean Congolese Hemorrhagic Fever, the administration has set up breeding camps at entry and exit points. leaving all cattle markets. These camps will be active 24 hours a day, which will allow the animals to be vaccinated.
The relevant department will deploy teams of doctors and veterinary personnel and make special arrangements for the prevention of such diseases in addition to providing routine veterinary facilities and medical coverage for animals in livestock markets and sales outlets. Additionally, to minimize the spread of these diseases, the Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development departments have issued guidelines for the administration. In a note to all administrations in Punjab, the department observed that LSD has emerged recently and Congo fever is already prevalent in the country. “These diseases pose a serious threat to livelihoods, food security and public health. The risk of spreading LSD and Congo fever increases significantly during Eid-ul-Azha due to the movement of sacrificial animals across the country,” he added.
To mitigate the risk of spread and threat of these diseases, the department urged the administration to ensure that no animals were loaded into trucks without LSD vaccination certificates, proper spraying in the truck before loading and that no suspicious/sick animals were transported during Eid. -ul-Azha.
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